Search Results: "Mary Gribbin"


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OUT OF THE SHADOW OF A GIANT by John Gribbin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"There is no chance that the authors will knock Newton off his pedestal, but they present a well-documented argument that he owed more to the ideas of others than he admitted."
The story of Robert Hooke (1635-1703) and Edmond Halley (1656-1742) and an exploration of "how science might have developed if Isaac Newton had never lived." Read full book review >

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RICHARD FEYNMAN by John Gribbin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 1997

"Flaws, yes, but still a fine diamond of a life, well polished by the Gribbin team."
Another Feynman biography? Read full book review >

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FLOWER HUNTERS by Mary Gribbin
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2008

"Occasionally staid but erudite portraits of heroic botanists."
Sharp, vest-pocket sketches of a dozen intrepid plant collectors by the veteran popular-science team (Annus Mirabilis: 1905, Albert Einstein, and the Theory of Relativity, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"If you're going to own just one general science book, you'd do well to make it this one."
Gribbin, assisted by his occasional co-author Mary, tops himself with this one-volume summary of the current state of scientific knowledge. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1996

"A well-written and comprehensive discussion of a sobering but inevitably fascinating subject."
Here is an able summary of the growing body of evidence that Earth has sustained a number of collisions with various large objects from space. Read full book review >

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FANTASY
Released: Aug. 23, 2005

"The authors' implication of a link between the quantum 'entanglement' of photons and Jung's Collective Unconscious is a bit of a stretch, but the buoyant prose and coherent, non-technical explanations will keep readers on board for the entire trip. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
Bobbing along in the wake of Roger Highfield's Science of Harry Potter (2002), this less-wide-ranging commentary uses select ideas and gadgets from Pullman's epic as springboards for discussions of Newtonian and quantum physics, dark matter, magnetism, multiple universes, chaos theory and a few other topics on science's frontiers. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1977

"An essay, 'Is Our Sun a Normal Star,' added as an appendix, is a little marvel of provocative suggestions, tease, and, yes, entertainment."
Will our galaxy turn into a quasar? Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF THE SUN by John Gribbin
Released: March 3, 1980

"Lively and discussable—by pros as well as armchair astronomers."
Gribbin, a glib expositor of things astronomical, dons his speculative robes to predict some cold turns for the earth and the sun in the coming decades. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 1979

"Subtle and sophisticated in flavor, Gribbin's account is to be commended not only for his emphasis on the astrophysics of climate (his field), but for his understanding of present political realities."
We can now say unequivocally that the warmest period of the present 'interglacial' is over. . . from here on we can expect a cooling off until within about 10,000 years the world will be in the grip of another full ice age." Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 1993

"As usual, Gribbin does a snappy reprise of the relevant theories and history before the whoosh and wow take over."
Not only is there another universe next door, but myriad others across the eons of time and space: That's one conclusion voiced here by this former Stephen Hawking student and popularizer of astronomy (Unveiling the Edge of Time, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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EINSTEIN'S MASTERWORK by John Gribbin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Walter Isaacson goes deeper into his life and Dennis Overbye into his work, but readers will find this shorter biography entirely satisfactory."
A prolific British science writer examines the creation of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"For these freethinking folk, this is a book that rejoices in paradoxes and delights in reporting that nothing bizarre—baby universes, bubble universes, universe-sized black holes, energy extraction and time travel through wormholes—is denied by the laws of physics."
The first half of this latest from prolific English science- writer Gribbin (Cosmic Coincidences, 1989, etc.) is a nice reprise of special and general relativity, complete with credit to some early scientists who thought about dark and dense matter centuries before black holes were named. Read full book review >